Achieving Results by Sticking to my Creative Goals in the New Year

In spite of battling a virus since Christmas night, I’ve managed to salvage a few moments of productivity. I am happy to report that between coughs and shivers, my writing goals for 2018 remain on track. In addition to several blog posts and a short 2,000 word paper, I’ve pounded out about 3,000 words on my current work-in-progress (WIP).


There have been ups and downs of course. At first, I would have one healthier day followed by the virus making a comeback in the late rounds. This last time, I was fortunate to have about 2 good days where the virus seemed to be moving on before waking up at 3 a.m. Sunday morning with a fever and a throat so sore that I couldn’t really swallow. I contemplated cutting out my own tonsils, but opted for aspirin and throat spray instead. Around 9 a.m., I passed out and redeemed a couple of hours of lost sleep. When I awoke, my fever had broken. My throat felt parched. I drank water.

Lots of water. 

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My current work of progress is something I have been working on for sometime. It’s undergone several revisions, a number of trips back to the drawing board, hours and hours of mental anguish working through the plot, and a couple of reinventions and re-imaginations.

Writing is hard work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it is not. There is no substitute for time spent physically writing. You simply can’t write an essay, let alone a full-blown book, without fingers pounding out words on the keys of your favorite laptop or retro-typewriter.

How about you? How are your writing goals coming along so far in 2018? Are you making progress? Are you writing?

You can do it. I believe in you.

God bless. Happy writing…




Happy 2018!

In with the new, out with the old. Scripture talks about the foolishness of pouring new wine into old wineskins (Mark 2:22). Just as the old is gone in us when we become new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), the promise of a new year brings fresh hope, renewed opportunities, and the chance for a new beginning.

In 2018, be intentional with your time, talent, and treasure. Spend each one wisely, not for selfish gain, but for eternal reward, as each is a gift from God. Be a blessing to others. Make a difference in your world. Be excellent. Be exuberant and radiant with joy. Treat people better, so that they in turn might treat others better. Be kind. Be gentle. Be humble. Shine a light in the darkness.

Live your life with a purpose. Employ your talents for a purpose. Use your treasure for a purpose. Model the change you want to see. Change, after all, starts with you.

Go be great. Go be you.

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Have a happy and blessed 2018!

~The Devotional Guy